Key to any group is the communication of its members. Realizing that we would be working together for a full quarter, the team members were quick to exchange cell phone numbers and email addresses. The cell phone numbers were key as texting proved to be the most efficient method to ask and answer quick questions from other group members while we were on the go and dealing with other aspects of our lives.
According to Kirst-Ashman, four aspects characterize positive verbal behavior in effective task groups. These are an open communication structure, seeking feedback from each other and those outside the group, providing practical and useful feedback to one another to achieve group goals, and the ability to put to use the feedback received (2007, p. 62). Our group was very encouraging of one another to present their ideas to the task group. Feedback was sought from and received from one another as well as the instructor, and it was structured so as to be useful and respectful of the receiver. Finally, any feedback received was generally integrated into the work of the …
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